If you have fond memories of Nonna’s wonderful homemade cookies and you want to recreate the special memories, this collection of Italian cookie recipes is just what you’ve been looking for. Balancing out sweet with savory, these Italian cookies are just as irresistible as what Nonna used to make, and the recipes are all fun and easy to make.
Baci di Dama Sandwich Cookies
These mini Italian chocolate filled sandwich cookies are made with chocolate and vanilla. One or two of these Italian cookies with chocolate in the middle will definitely put a smile on your face. The buttery vanilla cookies are sandwiched together with chocolate.
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Italian Pignoli Cookies
Italian pignoli cookies, also known as Amaretti con Pignoli, are perfect for Christmas. You might like to add these wonderful Italian almond and pine nut cookies to your easy gluten free baking list for the holidays.
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Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
Easy red and green Christmas pinwheel cookies are sure to put a smile on your face this holiday season. These festive Italian Christmas swirl cookies might look like something from an Italian bakery but it isn’t hard to make them.
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Italian Nutella Cookies
Nutellotti soft nutella cookies are a great Italian Christmas cookie idea. A tasty chocolate and vanilla flavoured cookie is topped with a sweet and creamy Nutella topping. Add this to your list of the best Italian Cookie Recipes.
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Italian Fig Christmas Cookies
Boasting a crumbly dough encasing a sweet fig filling plus a yummy frosting on top, what more could you want from a cookie? The combination of flavors and textures in these fig cookies, also known as cucidati, makes them a wonderful choice.
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Italian Chocolate Roll Cookies
Although holiday baking is largely about the flavour of the delicious treats you make, how they look is also important. It isn’t necessarily hard to make such nice-looking cookies, and these chocolate roll cookies are easy even for beginners.
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Italian Canestrelli Cookies
Canestrelli cookies are a little bit like shortbread but lighter, with more of a crunch, and a more in-depth flavour. These Christmas cookies are from Italy’s Liguria region, and are buttery tasting with delicious lemon fragrance evident in every bite.
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Buccellati Biscotti X Fig Cookies
If you are a lover of figs, you need to try this recipe! These Italian style treats have quite a long list of steps and ingredients, but they are well worth making.
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Limoncello Italian Wedding Cookies
Also known as Russian tea cookies, Italian snowball cookies, anginetti, polvorones, Russian tea cakes, butterballs, and Mexican wedding cookies, Italian wedding cookies are a bite-sized sweet treat that always tastes best when homemade.
Get the Recipe: Limoncello Italian Wedding Cookies
This gingerbread pizzelle recipe makes authentic Italian Christmas pizzelles. These holiday cookies have a crisp texture and delicious ginger snaps flavour. Aromatic cinnamon, ginger and cloves add a spicy touch to the pizzelle cookies, while molasses gives them a rich sweetness.
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Italian Chocolate Chestnut Tortelli Cookies
Italian chocolate chestnut tortelli cookies are delicious desserts and also perfect for Christmas cookie exchange recipes. The chestnut filling is really good, as are the dark chocolate and rum flavours. These cookies need to be on your list of favorite Italian Cookie Recipes.
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A famous no bake treat all over Italy, Italian chocolate salami is a delicious combination of shortbread cookies, Amaretto liqueur and chocolate. It’s a delicious dessert which makes a nice edible Christmas gift. This chocolate log is made to resemble salami and it is known as salame di cioccolato in Italy.
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Cranberry Orange Biscotti with White Chocolate Drizzle
Cranberry orange biscotti are always good but especially during the festive period when cranberries and warm citrus flavours come into their own. Biscotti are famed for being a dry cookie that you dip into hot drinks.
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Holiday Butter Cookies
With just six simple ingredients, these holiday butter cookies are simple but taste absolutely delicious. They are soft, crumbly, and perfect for any occasion!
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These delicious, coffee-flavored tiramisu cookies are the perfect after-dinner treat, dessert table addition, or compliment to your morning cup of coffee. A delightful twist on the classic Italian dessert, this easy tiramisu cookie recipe combines espresso powder and sweet mascarpone frosting topped with cocoa powder.
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Lemon Ricotta Cookies
Brighten up your world with a burst of citrusy bliss with these easy-to-make and delectably delicious Italian lemon ricotta cookies. With their soft melt-in-your-mouth texture and perfect balance of tangy to sweet, these lemon cookies are a true delight.
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Soft Amaretti Cookies
Amaretti is a type of cookie of Italian origin prepared with almond flour, egg whites, and Amaretto liqueur. Dating back to the Middle Ages, the recipe also spread rapidly through the Arab countries and finally throughout Europe. They take their name because in old times only bitter almonds were used in their preparation. Amaro means bitter in Italian. These days, they’re sweet!
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Italian Ricotta Cookies
These Italian ricotta cookies are always popular. This recipe promises soft, tender and fluffy sprinkle cookies with a cake-like texture that melts in your mouth will have everyone asking which bakery they came from.
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Italian Wedding Cookies
Italian wedding cookies are delicious little, powdered sugar-coated, butter cookie bites with almonds. Also known as Italian butter balls, these cookies are sweet and tasty, offering a hint of vanilla too.
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Chocolate-Dipped Almond Biscotti
This recipe just might turn you into a biscotti lover. Sweetened with brown sugar, flavored with toasted almonds, and dipped in chocolate puts this crunchy biscotti at the top of everyone’s coffee pairing list.
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Riscotti Anise Cookies
Not to be confused with biscotti, riscotti cookies are sweet, light little treats with colorful sprinkles on top. They’re perfect for a special occasion or simply because you want to try a new Italian cookies recipe. These are one of the best Italian Cookie Recipes!
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Glazed Cookies with Sprinkles
Italian Cookies with sprinkles are super soft, sweet and so simple to make! A simple pink glaze and bright sprinkles make these perfect for parties.
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Cannoli with Ricotta Cheese Filling
Homemade cannoli are so easy to make and taste just as satisfying as one bought from an Italian bakery. The crispy shell and creamy, sweetened ricotta cheese filling are to die for and will make any day a little extra special!
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Italian Almond Cookies
Italian almond cookies are a perfect example of a basic looking cookie that tastes incredible. It’s the almond flour that gives these cookies so much texture, and that flavor is further fortified with almond extract.
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All Italian cookies are wonderful, but naturally gluten free amaretti cookies just have to be one of the best ever! They go amazingly with coffee or another drink, and are the perfect snack at the end of a long day.
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